by Mike Vaughan, deputy, Cache County Sheriff’s Office
Warm weather brings the opportunity for outdoor activities and being closer to nature. Whether you are relaxing in the backyard, hitting the pool or exploring the great outdoors, here are some tips to keep your family safe.
Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Sparklers reach a temperature of 1200 degrees and can injure users and bystanders quickly. Families should attend professional community fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home.
Warmer temperatures aren’t just attractive to people, but to mosquitos, ticks and fleas too. Mosquitos can transmit West Nile virus, ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other serious infections and fleas can transmit plague. To prevent these illnesses, use an appropriate insect and tick repellent and apply it properly. Prime mosquito-biting hours are from dusk to dawn, but ticks are out at all times. To keep ticks at bay, avoid tick-infested areas and use repellent containing 20 percent DEET. Shower soon after coming indoors and check your body, and the bodies of your children and pets, for ticks. Protect family pets from ticks and fleas by keeping them on a flea- and tick-control program.
We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle accidents. Long or loose clothing can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes; dress young children appropriately to ensure safe riding. Before riding, make sure bike reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as practical. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights. Share the road and ride with respect for other road users.
Parades are a fun family excursion, but you definitely need to take precautions. When you arrive at the parade find out where lost children are taken. The police department or sheriff’s office will usually have a van, trailer or other plainly marked location where lost child are taken. For older kids, agree on a pre-designated meeting spot in case you get separated. If you are attending parades at night, make sure you park in a safe, well-lit area near the parade route. Make sure you keep your kids behind the barricades on parade routes. For their safety, please do not allow your children to dart into the street seeking candy or other things. As a driver, remember children are everywhere. Use caution driving before, during and after parades.